Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"24 Hours in Austin" Show

"Urban Cowtown" 24x18" digital print, $275 + tax
© S'zanne Reynolds, Studio Zanne

You're invited...
to glimpse into one day in the life of Austin, Texas
at a fine art photography show and reception.

Austin Details Art + Photo Gallery
"24 Hours in Austin"

106 East 8th (at Congress)
behind the red doors, Austin, TX MAP

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Austin photographers were assigned to create a portrait of Austin in one 24-hour day in October and amassed a remarkable body of work that showcases the city from many vantage points, and at all hours, from 6pm on October 14 throughout the night into the next day at 6 pm.

The exhibit opens in Austin Details Art + Photo Gallery with
a reception on December 3, from 6-9 pm,
featuring a live performance by the Saucerians.

Preview the exhibit during the day Saturday, December 3, from 2-5 pm.
The exhibit runs through December 14, 2011.


Jann Alexander
Larry Alford
Susan Beth

David Bowden
Matthew Crouch
Eric Edge
Denise Fulton
Tara Haelle
Thomas Jack Hilton
Cal Holman

Richard Lee Kaylin
Margaret Licarione
Robert Mead
Laura Morales

Greta Olivas
Erik Pronske
Grant Reid
S'zanne Reynolds
Eric Snethkamp
Johnny Stevens
Valerie Tamburri
Arnold Wells

Monday, November 28, 2011

Published in "Austin Business Journal"

2011 © S'zanne Reynolds, Studio Zanne

My photo of Michael Kuhn, CEO/founder of Austin based ImagineSolar, has been published in this week's edition of the Austin Business Journal.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Carousel of Happiness

Merry-go-rounds take you up and down, round and round, planting dreams in the heart that carry your childlike enthusiasm for life into a vision of reality, if you let it...if you remember the thrill of simply imagining another world and what you'd be!

What a unique and simple pleasure the carousel is for the young at heart.

From child to senior, all ages seem to enjoy the feeling of soaring through the universe with childlike abandon.

On this carousel of happiness you can make new friends for life or encounter fun temporary playmates...either way, it teaches us about the importance of our play time and our imagination.

Some take their playtime very seriously...

...others are just there to enjoy the ride.

Some get off the merry-go-round and the feeling of giddiness is short lived. Others step off and are forever young.

Still others enjoy revealing in their dreams and seeing what they might become, long after the ride has stopped.

Life is a lot like a carousel of happiness. Our earth spins, and the scenes change...but it's up to us where we get off and on, and what scenes inspire us to revisit them or change them....and it's up to our hearts and imaginations as to how much fun we have while we're here!

You can visit the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, CO.

Love Made Visible

"Autumn Afterglow", Digital Image by S'zanne Reynolds

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” ~Khalil Gibran

Saturday, November 19, 2011

On the Easel

Oil in progress by S'zanne Reynolds

I met Bella, a wonderful blues singer, at a local cafe waiting tables. I just had to capture her fiery spirit in a portrait or two. She agreed to visit my studio a few weeks ago to sit for me. The above painting is the result from a short three hour sitting. I need a few more hours to complete the painting. I just love the strong, soulful, moody and defiant aura captured here and in the photos that follow. Stay tuned to see the finished piece.

A detail by S'zanne Reynolds

As her name suggests, Bella is a real beauty...

....as exquisite inside as she is on the outside.

Sitting in the "chair" we enjoyed getting acquainted and
felt as if we were long lost friends from another time.

Bella shared her beautiful voice with me while I painted
and we chattered away the hours.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Angels and Kings

Artist friend DL Tolar (Donna), shown above with her work,
"Where Angels..."

---While most of the paintings on this blog are mine,
I did not create the above painting.
I bought it from the artist, DL Tolar, aka Donna Tolar.---

Mid October I was helping the Povey and Tolar studios sell their artwork in the Wimberley art studio tour. I had fallen in love with one of Donna Tolar's pieces last year, so, of course, I had to buy it this time around. Shown above, "Where Angels..." by DL Tolar, is now happily situated in my home. I am so grateful to Donna for painting this moving "self-portrait", for it seems to express how so many of us feel.

Inspiring, evocative, troubled, hopeful and tender--this work confesses a stirring narrative of the human condition. I find my stories in her struggle. Do you see yours?

She reminds me of how we want to prevail in all we undertake, but we often feel that we fall short of the opportunities we are presented with and, in fact, may do more harm than good. Our prayers and dreams may feel muted and out of reach unless we discover that we hold the power to remove what binds us--ourselves. Or, we may interpret ourselves as puppets or pawns in the stories of so many others who suffer us to be their heroes, princesses, kings and angels. Like Jacob in the Old Testament, wounded and alone, we wrestle with our angel--our brokenness and pain, our fallen hopes and dreams.

Although this piece does not celebrate the victory or even paint rosy expectations, there is exquisite beauty and grace in her desire to keep at her post throughout her striving. I have known many such angels in my life.

What will be your story in the painting?